Michigan State reveals results of latest COVID-19 tests
Major news broke last week, when Michigan State’s entire football team went into quarantine out of caution after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, the school did not reveal the results from the latest round of tests.
On Monday, Michigan State updated the numbers.
According to a release from the school, the athletic department tested 122 student-athletes between the dates of July 20-24 and received 16 positive results — an over 10 percent infection rate. Additionally, four staff members tested positive for the virus.
“All members of the football team are currently in isolation or quarantine, while awaiting completion of a requested 14-day quarantine that began on July 22,” the school said. “As part of the athletic department’s return to campus policy, student-athletes have been asked to quarantine when coming into close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. The university has designated areas available to house individuals in quarantine as needed based upon the living arrangements for student-athletes.
“For the individuals who tested positive, daily check-ins with athletic training staff will continue while the individuals remain in isolation, with additional services provided as directed by the medical and administrative staffs.”
Michigan State was the first known program to enforce a team-wide quarantine due to COVID-19.
Over the weekend, Rutgers also enacted a similar policy, forcing all members of its football team to quarantine, as well.